In 2013, the world came to know about a plant that produces both potatoes and tomatoes. If that was weird to some, the year 2015 has something even weirder in store for them. Now, a group of scientists have come up with a special seaweed type that tastes exactly like bacon. The scientists who have managed to make such an unthinkable discovery possible represent the Oregon State University.
The research team has already patented a strain of dulse, which is known to offer a peculiar porky flavor when cooked. For those who don’t know: dulse is a red seaweed that grows primarily on the coasts of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
Chris Langdon, the researcher who developed this special seaweed variety for a period of more than 15 years, said that if someone tried it he or she will surely find its taste similar to that of bacon; it doesn’t taste like seaweed. Langdon also mentioned that the bacon flavor boasted by this seaweed is pretty strong. Here, it must be mentioned that Langdon has come to these conclusions after tasting the seaweed himself.
This new class of seaweed, which has significant resemblance with translucent red lettuce as far as its appearance is concerned, was initially created as a nutrition-rich, fast-growing food item for sea snail abalone. Abalone is a sea snail breed eaten widely in Asia.
However, according to a faculty member of Oregon State University’s College of Business, this new revelation by scientists means that this seaweed can be grown even for human consumption. The representative of the university feels that this seaweed has the potential of creating a new and profitable industry for the state of Oregon.
This new strain is a rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Experts are saying that it’s two times more nutritious than kale.
Langdon informed that the development process of dulse involves use of a water recirculation system. He added that theoretically minor supplementation will make it possible to build an industry in the eastern territories of Oregon almost as effortlessly as that can be done in the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. According to Langdon, the two most important things one would need for building such an industry are enough seawater and a little sunshine.